W.Bro Bryon Axford PPrJGW celebrated his 50 years in masonry on Monday 11th April when V.W.Bro Ray Guthrie Past DPGM, accompanied by members of Royal Somerset and Forest of Selwood Lodges visited Bryon at his home in Mells.
He was initiated into the Royal Somerset Lodge in December 1971 and was Master in 1992. He was a founder of Forest of Selwood Lodge in 1980 and Master in 1996. In the Royal arch he was MEZ of Dungarvan Chapter in 1992 and the following year took over the role of Treasurer, a post he held for eleven years. Bryon is also a Past Master of Total Mark Lodge and past Most Wise Sovereign of Frome Chapter Rose Croix.
Born in Mells in 1928 Bryon went to school locally, in 1947 he started his two years national service in the Royal Navy serving on the destroyer HMS Zephyr. The training he received in the navy help him get a job at GPO telephones, which eventually became BT where he worked until his retirement.
At 93 Bryon is still as sharp as a tack! His memory for detail of people and places unimpaired by his years, we all enjoyed the morning spent with him. Thanks to Mrs Sue Lyons, wife of Forest of Selwood Lodge secretary David Lyons, who baked a celebration cake, complete with square and compasses for the occasion!